Mayor of Winchester

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The Office of Mayor of Winchester is the second oldest mayoralty in England, dating back to the period when Winchester was the capital of Wessex and England. The Mayor of Winchester thus stands second only to the Lord Mayor of the City of London in the order of precedence of civic heads.[1]

Winchester is one of just five local authorities in England to have an official residence for its Mayor. Abbey House was built in about 1700 and sited in the Abbey Gardens just off The Broadway in Winchester. It was acquired by the City Council in 1889. The house stands on the site of a monastic establishment known as Nunnaminster and later as St Mary's Abbey, which was founded around AD900 by Alfred's Queen Ealhswith. The Abbey survived until the late 1530s when it was formally surrendered to the Crown as part of the Dissolution of the Monasteries.[2]

History[edit]

The exact date of the conferment of full mayoral rights is not known, since the original charter cannot be traced. When London petitioned the King for a grant of mayoralty in 1190, Winchester was not cited as precedent (as were certain French cities), but by 1200 there was reference to the mayoralty as an existing office. It is, therefore, safe to say that the office dates back to the 1190s.[1]

The earliest Mayors sometimes held the office for several years in succession, but from the 13th century to the present day, the Mayor has been chosen annually. Until the 16th century, the Mayor-elect was required to travel to Westminster to receive the royal assent.[1]

Mayors of Winchester[edit]

The following is a list of every person to have held the office of Mayor of Winchester since 1900: [3]

  • 1900–1901: Alfred Bowker
  • 1901–1902: Bertram D Cancellor [4]
  • 1902–1903: James Fort
  • 1903–1904: George Ward
  • 1904–1905: Frederick Seymour Morgan
  • 1905–1906: Chaloner Shenton
  • 1906–1907: Reginald Harris
  • 1907–1908: William Forder
  • 1908–1909: Frederick King
  • 1909–1910: Harold Stratton
  • 1910–1911: John Furley
  • 1911–1912: Frederick Holdaway
  • 1912–1913: Howard Elkington
  • 1913–1914: Harry Sealey
  • 1914–1919: Alfred Edmeades
  • 1919–1921: Arthur Dyer
  • 1921–1922: Stanley Clifton
  • 1922–1924: Herbert Vacher
  • 1924–1925: Henry Johnson
  • 1925–1926: William Hayward
  • 1926–1928: Frederick Manley
  • 1928–1929: William Symes
  • 1929–1930: Harry Collis
  • 1930–1931: Walter Hamblin
  • 1931–1932: William Lansdell
  • 1932–1933: Hew Ross
  • 1933–1934: Frank Newton
  • 1934–1935: John Hodder
  • 1935–1936: Arthur Edmonds
  • 1936–1937: John Pinsent
  • 1937–1938: William Richardson
  • 1938–1945: Francis Griffiths
  • 1945–1946: Charles Sankey
  • 1946–1947: Cyril Bones
  • 1947–1949: Doris Crompton
  • 1949–1950: Cyril Taylor
  • 1950–1951: Reginald Evans
  • 1951–1952: Arthur Edmonds
  • 1952–1953: Doris Edmeades
  • 1953–1954: Reginald Dutton
  • 1954–1955: Adelaide Charles (died in office then Doris Edmeades)
  • 1955–1956: Barbara Gertrude Thackeray
  • 1956–1957: Major Paul Henry Benson Woodhouse
  • 1957–1958: Evelyn Mary Barnes
  • 1958–1959: Fendall W Harvey Pratt
  • 1959–1960: Margaret E L Lowden
  • 1960–1961: Lt Colonel Donald Charles Spelman
  • 1961–1962: Vera Neate
  • 1962–1963: John Hutchins
  • 1963–1964: Dorothy Richards
  • 1964–1965: Stanley Steel
  • 1965–1966: Cyril Bones
  • 1966–1967: Barbara Carpenter Turner
  • 1967–1968: D Jeffrey Smith
  • 1968–1969: Stewart Green
  • 1969–1970: S E Spicer
  • 1970–1971: Stanley Steel
  • 1971–1972: Alice Cleary
  • 1972–1973: T David Sermon
  • 1973–1974: Cyril Taylor
  • 1974–1975: Barbara Carpenter Turner
  • 1975–1976: Alan Cotterill
  • 1976–1977: Gwendoline Shave
  • 1977–1978: David Ball
  • 1978–1979: John Flook
  • 1979–1980: John Green
  • 1980–1981: M Pamela Pitt
  • 1981–1982: Ian Bidgood
  • 1982–1983: Albert Austen
  • 1983–1984: Frederick Peachey
  • 1984–1985: John Broadway
  • 1985–1986: Jean Freeman
  • 1986–1987: Sue Gentry
  • 1987–1988: Major D Covill MBE DCM
  • 1988–1989: Commander B Hall MBE
  • 1989–1990: Frederick Allgood JP
  • 1990–1991: Pamela Peskett
  • 1991–1992: Capt Richard Bates
  • 1992–1993: Wing Cdr John Nunn
  • 1993–1994: Susan Glasspool
  • 1994–1995: Raymond Pearce
  • 1995–1996: Patricia Norris
  • 1996–1997: Brian Blunt
  • 1997–1998: Norman Hibdige
  • 1998–1999: George Fothergill
  • 1999–2000: Allan Mitchell
  • 2000–2001: Georgina Busher
  • 2001–2002: Therese Evans
  • 2002–2003: John Steel
  • 2003–2004: Jean Hammerton
  • 2004–2005: Cecily Sutton
  • 2005–2006: Neil Baxter
  • 2006–2007: Sue Nelmes
  • 2007–2008: Chris Pines
  • 2008–2009: Michael Read
  • 2009–2010: Dominic Hiscock
  • 2010–2011: Richard Izard
  • 2011–2012: Barry Lipscomb
  • 2012–2013: Frank Pearson
  • 2013–2014: Ernest Jeffs
  • 2014–2015: Eileen Berry
  • 2015–2016: Angela Clear
  • 2016–2017: Jane Rutter [5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c The History of The Mayor, 2011, retrieved 2011-06-13 
  2. ^ Abbey House, 2011, retrieved 2011-06-13 
  3. ^ "Past Mayor". Winchester City Council. Retrieved 16 February 2017. 
  4. ^ "Election of Mayors". The Times (36609). London. 11 November 1901. p. 7. 
  5. ^ "Current Mayor". Winchester City Council. Retrieved 16 February 2017.